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Thank you for your interest in the NC Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association (EMGVA) grant program for horticulture projects. We appreciate your work in this area and your commitment to expand and improve upon these activities.

The Master Gardener Program began in New Hanover County in 1978 with volunteers staffing a garden hotline. In the following years the program has trained hundreds of volunteers in horticulture practices to communicate research-based information to the public through classes, plant clinics, speakers, Arboretum tours, and an annual plant sale to raise funds.

Each year EMGVA uses these funds to award grants to support community gardening projects and college scholarships; since 2015 EMGVA has awarded over $125,000 to New Hanover County community organizations in the form of grants. In 2022 EMGVA distributed $20,000 to 11 organizations that support community gardens, plant trees in our neighborhoods, develop public garden signage, encourage nature at home, and much, much more.

Our aim is to connect people to horticulture through projects emphasizing research-based education. We look for sustainable projects that conserve and protect our community’s natural resources, benefit diverse populations, and encourage fellowship among participants. We look forward to our organizations working together toward these goals.

We invite you to apply for an EMGVA grant for the 2023-2024 grant year. The application period is open April 15, 2023 (12:01 a.m.) – May 31, 2023 (6:00 p.m.).

Please click on the link below to view the EMGVA Grant Guidelines and General Information:
2023-2024 EMGVA Grants Guidelines and Application Questions

Please click on the link below to view the 2023-2024 EMGVA Grant Application.
NOW CLOSED 2023-2024 EMGVA Grant Application
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